Friday 23 February 2018

Suspected bombings leave 20 dead in latest round of sectarian violence

Suspected bomb blasts yesterday killed at least 20 people in the Nigerian city of Jos, where violence between Christians and Muslims has left hundreds of dead this year. More than 60 people were injured in the explosions, which took place at about 7pm local time at three different locations, Gregory Yenlong, a spokesman for Plateau state, said from Jos yesterday.

"For the past two weeks there have been threats to disrupt Christmas celebrations in Jos," Mr Yenlong said in a text message yesterday. "We know the people and the security agencies know them. We are still investigating."

The attackers placed the explosive devices "by the roadsides where they expected a high concentration of people," Manasseh Panpe, Plateau Branch Secretary of the Red Cross, said yesterday.

Christmas Mass attack injures 11

A bomb exploded during Christmas Day Mass at a chapel inside a police camp in the volatile southern Philippines, wounding a priest and 10 churchgoers.

The device was hidden in a ventilation window near the ceiling of the chapel, which is on the compound where the provincial police office is located in Jolo town on Jolo Island, Sulu provincial police said.

The island is a stronghold of Abu Sayyaf militants, but it wasn't clear who was responsible for the bombing.

Dutch police foil terrorist plot

Dutch police have arrested 12 Somalis suspected of plotting a terrorist attack in the Netherlands, Dutch prosecutors said yesterday.

Twelve men aged between 19 and 48 were arrested late on Friday after a message was received from the Dutch intelligence and security service AIVD, the prosecutors said in a statement. A telephone shop and four houses in Rotterdam were searched, as well as two motel rooms in Gilze-Rijen, a village in the south of the country, they said.

No weapons or explosives were found.

Man kills 'suicide bomber' daughter

Iraqi police say a man has killed his 19-year-old daughter after discovering al-Qa'ida had recruited her as a suicide bomber.

Diyala province police spokesman Ghalib al-Karkhi says security forces raided the man's house in the former Sunni-insurgent stronghold of Baqouba north of Baghdad in search of the girl on suspicion she had ties to al-Qa'ida.

Police did not find her. Instead the father, Najim al-Anbaky, told police that he killed his daughter a month earlier because he found out she intended to blow herself up in a suicide attack for al-Qa'ida.

Creator of 'The Wombles' dies at 84

Elisabeth Beresford, the writer best known for creating The Wombles, has died.

The 84-year-old invented the characters of the Wombles of Wimbledon Common, who became household names in the 1970s. She died at 10.30pm on Christmas Eve in the Mignot Memorial Hospital on Alderney in the Channel Islands after suffering heart failure,

'Santa' raiders beat palace guard

Two men dressed as Santa Claus have attacked a guard at Stockholm's royal castle and stolen his assault rifle.

The pair entered his security zone by the castle early on Friday and beat him up before fleeing with his loaded AK5 automatic rifle. A police spokesman said the robbers were dressed in Santa hats and masks. They made no attempt to enter the castle.

North Korean makes sea defection bid

A news report says a North Korean man has arrived on a South Korean island in an apparent defection.

Yonhap news agency cited residents on Baengnyeong Island as saying the man drifted at sea in a small boat before reaching the island near the tense western sea border with North Korea yesterday. Yonhap says police and military officials plan to question the man over his apparent defection. Meanwhile, South Korea has released three Chinese fishermen after questioning them over a maritime scuffle with the coast guard.

'Spider-Man' returns to the stage

Spider-Man returned safely to the Broadway stage with a mishap-free performance just before Christmas. There was a performance on Thursday of the $65m production, with music by U2's Bono and The Edge.

The show had been suspended twice over safety concerns since an actor plunged nearly 30 feet from an elevated platform, breaking ribs and requiring surgery on Monday.

Sunday Independent

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